It has been hot here lately. Really hot. Temperatures in the high 90's with humidity to match. Heat index of 110F some days. No wind to speak of. Air so thick you feel like you can't get enough oxygen out of it.
But Saturday that all changed. Some kind of front is whipping up bad weather everywhere. When I call up the satellite image for the Caribbean, it is almost impossible to see any land masses underneath all the colored spots. It's everywhere and I fear a bad hurricane season this year. This is what was still sitting on top of us on Sunday.
It rained, nay, poured tropical torrential downpours all day Saturday. Not surprisingly, the pumps they installed underground in the new drainage system on Ave Hidalgo failed to work. The streets downtown filled with over 2 feet of water almost instantly. The new street has been constructed to direct all water to the intersections. The water had no where to go. It's sense of gravity had been changed and it no longer just flows out to sea. Needless to say, almost every business downtown was flooded and there were a lot of unhappy shopkeepers and restaurant owners.
During one of the few breaks on Saturday, I got this shot of the stormy sky and water. Our traditional blue topaz color gone.
And yet, in the evening it cleared off a little. It amazes me how such bad weather can turn around and produce such a beautiful sight.
Sunday, as I write this, the sun has come out but the skies are still a murky gray. I think there will be more to come. Thankfully it did clear up for a bit.
Tomorrow I will tell and show you how storms like this can hit close to home and cause no end of problems.